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Women In Prison: A Commentary on the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

Publication year: 2008

Library ID

  • 021001

Other Information

  • 2008
  • 122 pages.
Key problems facing women prisoners, how the United Nations “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” can address these problems, other human rights instruments and standards that apply to the imprisonment of women, and what measures these standards require are discussed. Sections of this report are: introduction -- why there is an urgent need to give attention to women in prison; basic principles regarding human dignity; basic principles about non-discrimination between male and female prisoners; security classification; strip searching; supervision of women prisoners by women; complaint mechanisms; separation of female and male prisoners; family and social contact; mothers of children under 18 years of age; children living in prison with their mothers; pregnancy, birth, and post-natal care; hygiene, healthcare, and HIV/AIDS; women with disabilities; mental health and drug problems; rehabilitation programs, education, and work; girl prisoners; women who are foreign nationals; indigenous and minority women; women detained in armed conflict; pre-trial detention; preparation for release and support after release; and alternatives to imprisonment for women.